• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 176 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
1989 …2019
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Professor Alan Smith holds the UNESCO Chair at Ulster University in Northern Ireland.  Alan has taught in both Northern Ireland and Zimbabwe and was previously a Senior Research Fellow at Ulster University's Centre for the Study of Conflict. He was actively involved in the establishment of integrated schools in Northern Ireland, was the founding Chairman of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education and a Nuffield Foundation nominee to the Integrated Education Fund.Alan has been a British Council visiting research fellow to Nigeria, Indonesia and Hong Kong and authored an influential report for DFID on ‘Education, Conflict and International Development’. He has completed research on education, conflict and peace building for DFID, GTZ, Norad, International Alert, Save the Children, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Bank in the Basque Country, Bosnia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.His research includes a three-year investigation of ‘Values in Teacher Education’ funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and an EU‑funded investigation of the legacies of conflict in Bosnia and Northern Ireland. Alan was a UK representative to the Council of Europe on Education for Democratic Citizenship and a member of an external advisory group on civic engagement established by the President of the World Bank. He was a contributing author and adviser to the Education for All, Global Monitoring Report (2011) and a technical advisor to the UNICEF Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy programme, a €150m initiative funded by the Government of the Netherlands over a four-year period (2012-16), involving conflict analyses in 14 conflict-affected countries.

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Research Output 1989 2019

primary school
ethnic identity
5 Citations (Scopus)

Teaching for democracy in the absence of transitional justice:The case of Northern Ireland

Worden, E. A. & Smith, A., 14 Jun 2017, In : Comparative Education. 53, 3, p. 379-395 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The 4Rs Framework: Analysing education’s contribution to sustainable peacebuilding with social justice in conflict-affected contexts

Novelli, M., Lopes Cardozo, M. & Smith, A., 30 Jul 2017, In : Journal on Education in Emergencies. 3, 1, p. 14-43 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social justice

The Integration of Education and Peacebuilding: Synthesis Report on Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda.

Smith, A., Datzberger, S. & McCully, A., Mar 2016, 112 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
peace education

The Links between Equity, Governance, Education and Peacebuilding in Kenya

Smith, A., Marks, C., Novelli, M., Valiente, O. & Scandurra, R., Apr 2016, 96 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
South Sudan


Teaching across the divide: The experiences, identity and agency of teachers who teach across the traditional sectors in Northern Ireland

Author: Milliken, M., Nov 2018

Supervisor: Bates, J. (Supervisor), Smith, A. (Supervisor) & Mc Cully, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis